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  •   Author’s note: While oncology comprises the bulk of Dr. Jorge Perez’s practice, he is board certified in both oncology and hematology. For patients with blood disorders, his knowledge and expertise can be life-changing.   Susan W. was a healthy, fit 55-year old professional living in San Francisco who enjoyed hiking and yoga. Until she wasn’t.   Over the course of 2011, she developed a series...
  • In early 2017, Sandy Sepsey of Fallon, Nevada had an uneasy feeling—as if a pill was stuck in her throat. She went to her general practitioner to investigate. While initial blood tests came back normal, Sandy knew something wasn’t right and asked for a chest x-ray. It revealed a mass in her right lung, prompting a biopsy that confirmed her suspicion. In March, she was diagnosed with non-operable...
  • Madelyn Stikes, a retired English and special education teacher, has been training to beat cancer practically her whole life. She just didn’t know it. “I figured out how to help middle schoolers with learning challenges not to give up,” she said. “I believe in doing the best you can with what you have, and I taught that to my students.”    Fast forward to 2003. “I had just moved to the area when...
  • melanoma treatment
      Every individual’s reaction to getting a cancer diagnosis is unique. When Constantine Kuzmicki of Wellington, Nevada got his, he reacted in a very no-nonsense manner. “Okay, so I have a melanoma,” he thought. “Either I die of cancer or we do something about it. It’s no big deal.” Perhaps Constantine’s relaxed attitude comes from the fact that he’s had to handle more than his fair share of...
  •   Reno resident Dorman Dane was diagnosed with an inoperable form of cancer in one of his vertebrae at 86 years young. The subsequent advice he received from his primary care physician is something Dorman has appreciated every day since. “You need to go see Dr. Perez,” his doctor recommended. “If I ever got cancer, that’s the guy I’d go to.” With complete confidence, Dorman made an appointment at...
  • top cancer doctor
      Lee Hyde, 65, is a patient of Dr. Perez for the second time. The first was for treatment of a blood disorder in 2011, for which he was successfully treated. After treatment, Lee and his wife Sharon moved to Elko, where they were living when Lee was diagnosed with melanoma in March of 2016. He initially consulted with a few other oncologists nearby before returning to Dr. Perez. Why not go...
  • Cancer Patient
      Drusilla “Dru” Beveridge, a 73-year-old Carson City resident, was not surprised when she was handed a cancer diagnosis two years ago. The symptoms she had prior to a routine colonoscopy led her to believe something was not right. “I was told that I had stage 2A rectal cancer,” Dru said. “I was fine though. I’m a very strong person. I have Jesus, and I have family and friends who are very...
  • Cancer Patient
    Last month, we shared information on ways to support a friend or family member who is battling cancer. In addition, Sierra Nevada Cancer Center patient Paula Steinmetz was kind enough to share her advice and experience. Now, patient Bill Wadding shares his thoughts on this very important subject.   Be Open To Kindness By Bill Wadding   When I was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, the first...
  • Cancer Patient Support
    Last week, we shared five tips on how friends of cancer patients (or other serious diseases) can support their friend during battle and recovery. We reached out to Paula Steinmetz, a patient of Dr. Perez with Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (a rare autoimmune disease), who has some pertinent insight and words of wisdom to share. Continue To Be A Friend By Paula Steinmetz   I have an invasive...
  • The Best Revenge Is Living Well
      Linda Jenkins was no stranger to cancer—her husband had been undergoing treatment for lymphoma and she was his caregiver. But after a routine mammogram in 2010, she got news she was not prepared for. “I had felt a little lump underneath my arm so I told them about it. They immediately did a biopsy and within a day, they determined it was breast cancer,” Linda recalled. “I was in total shock.”...

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